Author Archives for Heather Schrader

Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad

Did you know that figs are a flower, not a fruit? It’s actually the “infructescence” or “false-fruit” in which the flower and seeds are born. Fruit or not, I think figs are delicious! If you pick them a little green, they are plump, firm and almost savory or tart. Pick them once they’ve ripened to a deep purple, they are soft, luscious and incredibly sweet.

This salad plays the sweetness of the figs against the peppery arugula and subtly sharp red onion. The walnuts add a nice earthy flavor and crunch. The creamy, slightly cream-cheesy dressing rounds out the whole thing. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Fig Coconut Yogurt

Have I mentioned that we have a fig tree? Two, actually! But one is still a baby. The mature one started bearing beautiful, plump fruit in mid-August and it keeps on giving. On Saturday of this past weekend alone, I picked 31 fresh figs! I gave most of them away to neighbors, but I experimented with some in our kitchen as well. (True story: My second experiment did not fare well but I hope to perfect it soon!)

Thankfully, this super easy treat was a success—it’s almost hard to go wrong with delicious, fresh fruit and coconut milk—you may  to our Meyer Lemon Chia Pudding. The orange zest, married with the slight tang from the skins of the fig fruits, along with a thinner consistency remind me of yogurt. So, that’s why I’m calling it a “yogurt.” Enjoy it as breakfast on-the-go, a refreshing snack, or light dessert. Whatever its name, whenever you eat it, I think it’s really quite good and I know you will, too!

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Spicy Baba Ghanouj (Spicy Eggplant Dip)

As you may have noticed from our posts on social media, we bought a house in December and that house came with wonderful things growing in gardens all around the yard. In addition, quite a few of our neighbors have plots at a local community garden. A couple of weeks ago, our neighbors harvested more tomatoes, jalapeños, eggplants, and other vegetables from their plot and they kindly shared their bounty with us. I cannot explain to you how delicious the tomatoes were! That said, this recipe is all about the eggplant and jalapeño.

As soon as we saw the eggplant, we knew we wanted to make something special with it. Brent loves the heat that jalapeños add to any dish, so of course we had to incorporate them. We hope you enjoy this twist on the traditional eggplant dip, Baba Ghanouj, as much as we did!

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Instant Pot Chicken Green Curry

It’s summer in D.C. It’s hot. It’s humid. So, why on earth would I want to make a batch of steaming hot curry? Honestly, Brent and I have been starting to feel a little under the weather the past few days. A general exhaustion settled over us this weekend, along with sore throats, chapped lips, and a unsettling feeling that we were fighting a losing battle against colds or, worse, sinus infections that were just beginning to wreak their havoc on our lives.

Summer colds are miserable, but a large bowl of flavorful liquid and chicken meat seems to make it a little more tolerable. Sure, we could have made our Chicken Zoodle Soup (I’ll probably make that tomorrow); but I had a craving for Thai food on Saturday.

Besides, there’s not really a bad time for curries. They are so diverse and delicious, even when served cold! So, on Sunday, I whipped up this chicken green curry in our Instant Pot. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we are, whether you’re curled up on your couch fighting a cold or not.

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Spinach and Tomato Egg Bake

I (Heather) think I’ve told you: Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, and I love eggs. I love them fried, scrambled, poached, baked—any way you can think of. It’s most interesting and fun to mix up whatever vegetables are available in the refrigerator. This is a simple and tasty egg bake, even though it was crafted with leftover ingredients. Make it anytime for grab-and-go weekly breakfasts, for brunch, or even breakfast for dinner! We hope you enjoy it.

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